Mareeba gets crafty with macramé

Image: Macramé workshop participants at Kuranda Library.

Residents in Mareeba Shire enjoyed taking part in macramé classes across three library branches.

The region’s main library in Mareeba hosted two workshops; Kuranda Library hosted one event; and our smallest branch in Chillagoe, a remote library in a tiny township 140km west of Mareeba, hosted one event.

Chillagoe residents were especially appreciative of the opportunity to catch up with friends who live several hundred kilometres away. Chillagoe library is situated in “The Hub”, which also houses a visitor centre and Centrelink access point; making it a central point for often isolated community members to engage with each other.

Image: Macramé workshop participants at Mareeba Library.

Funded by the State Library through a Realising Our Potential Micro Grant, the workshops were enthusiastically met by the members of the community. Mareeba classes booked out within 24 hours of being posted on Facebook!

Workshop were led by artist Michele Chidgey, aka Knotting Hillbilly, a macramé artist who teaches and supplies macramé materials, kits and patterns.

The workshops were held in a relaxed, friendly environment, encouraging and supporting library customers to learn new skills and establish new friendships. All the participants successfully completed an Ivy Plant Hanger to take home.

A cuppa and a snack were included in the event, which gave everyone a further chance to bond and strengthen new relationships.

Image: Macramé workshop participants at Chillagoe.

We asked the participants what other workshops they would like to see offered in our libraries, with responses included beading, jewellery making, painting and Kokedama (making a Japanese style ornamental plant).

With staff keen to host more adult workshops, this information was a valuable insight for future planning of events. After studying our borrower’s requests for further workshops, we decided upon Kokedama as next project. National Science Week saw Mareeba libraries offer Kokedama workshops to our adult audiences across the region. Our customers were eagerly anticipating this event.

About the author
Wendy Rutherford is Library Branch Supervisor at Mareeba Libraries.

Images courtesy of Mareeba Shire Libraries.